Daniel Pezzola recently began a year of service with FrancisCorps in Syracuse, New York. Prior to his work with FrancisCorps, Daniel Pezzola attended the Catholic University of America, where he studied politics and took part in the school’s various outreach activities.
Located in Washington, DC, the Catholic University of America (CUA) oversees a variety of service programs and events for students who want to get involved in the surrounding community. Each week, CUA students can take part in a number of ongoing outreach activities in the areas of education, hospitality, aging and disability, and hunger and homelessness.
CUA works with Beacon House, Girls in Action, Justice for Juniors, and other youth organizations to provide tutoring, mentoring, and after-school support services. Volunteers from the university also spend time at the local Ronald McDonald House and hold special outreach events in Washington’s Brookland neighborhood.
Other weekly volunteer activities at CUA benefit organizations that support senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. They include the Armed Forces Retirement Home, Bethlehem House, and Little Sisters of the Poor.
In the area of homelessness and food insecurity, the university oversees food runs and other outreach activities three times a week in downtown Washington. CUA students also volunteer for So Others Might Eat, a local interfaith organization that provides food, clothing, and services to those in need.